This week, as a third installment in the Teaching and Learning Collaborative blog series on mental health information for faculty and academic staff, meet the new and returning professional psychologists at the UP Health and Counseling Center. When we have concerns about students, who are the professionals that might help us know what to do, and who often help our students through challenging points in their college career? This week’s entry should help faculty know who to call.
The Health and Counseling Center is hosting a flu clinic for students (there will be opportunities in the future for faculty and staff to receive flu shots) on Friday, September 15, in the Mehling Ballroom. The flu shots will be free with most insurance providers (students with Kaiser and Group Health must utilize Kaiser facilities). Please spread the word (not the flu) and help us keep our community healthy. For more information or ADA accommodations, please contact the health center at x7134 or email@example.com.
Carol Dell’Oliver has accepted the University’s offer to be the new director of the Health and Counseling Center. Her first day on campus will be Wednesday, August 2.
Dell’Oliver is a licensed clinical psychologist and is currently director of the Caldwell Counseling Center at Warner Pacific University. She has extensive background in college counseling, supervision, and clinical leadership as well as she has experience providing outpatient mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults in her private practice.
Susan Chisum, assistant director for primary care, has served as interim director since May. For more information contact Fr. John Donato, C.S.C., vice president for student affairs, at x8532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends yearly influenza vaccination and the University Health and Counseling Center encourages all campus community members to follow that recommendation. The timing of flu season is unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against the flu soon after vaccine becomes available, preferably by October. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu, so the time is now.
The Health and Counseling Center has partnered with Walmart Pharmacy this year for flu vaccinations. Walmart will be on campus Thursday, October 13, from 5 to 9 p.m., in Mehling Ballroom and Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Mehling Ballroom. Please bring your health insurance card, as most insurance plans will cover the cost. Help join us in keeping our University community healthy.
Contact the health center at x7134 for more information.
Trout comes to The Bluff from Willamette University, where she served as director of the Bishop Wellness Center for the past 10 years. She was peer-nominated and awarded Willamette University’s Administrator of the Year in 2013.
Prior to her time at Willamette, Trout worked as a nurse manager and assistant director at the Center for Student Health and Counseling at Portland State University for five years. Trout graduated from the University of Portland with a nursing degree and holds an MBA from Willamette University. She has been active with Oregon College Health Association for the last 15 years and is a past co-chair of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, Campus Committee. An avid cyclist, Trout is a member of Women on Wheels, a local group that seeks to empower women to travel by bicycle and other alternative modes of transportation.
For more information, contact Fr. Olinger’s office at 8532 or email@example.com.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that decisions to vaccinate adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age against serogroup B meningococcal disease (MenB) should be made at the individual level with healthcare providers, according to Susan Chisum, health center. College students, who spend lots of time together in close quarters, are more likely to catch and spread meningitis. The University health center recommends that students and their families discuss the matter with their health care providers to determine if they should receive the vaccine.
The TLC resource of the week for March 2-8 will be Catch UP Sessions offered by the students with disabilities office, a key partner in the Teaching and Learning Collaborative. Catch UP is a series of workshops for faculty and staff to help them “Catch UP” by answering questions about accommodations and providing simple tips for incorporating accessibility into course materials. The Catch UP series will take place on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Franz Hall Murphy Room, on the following dates: March 3 (on Confidentiality, Safety Plans and Note-Taking), 17 (on Exacerbation of Condition and the 30% Absence Limit), 24 (on Defining Accessibility for Course Materials) and 31 (on Exam accommodations). All attendees at each session will receive a coupon for a free cup of coffee.
For more information contact Melanie Gangle, health center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday, January 23, 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Alert Network issued an advisory regarding the multi-state measles outbreak, which began in California in December. CDC reminds us that measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness which can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis, and death. It is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing; infected people are contagious from four days before their rash starts through four days afterwards. After an infected person leaves a location, the virus remains viable for up to two hours on surfaces and in the air.
Please visit the CDC website to learn what vaccines are recommended for you. Contact your healthcare provider, local pharmacy or the health center for additional information.
Viruses have arrived on the UP campus along with returning faculty, staff, and students, according to Susan Chisum, health center. Unlike with other guests, it’s best to keep viruses at bay to have a happy, healthy New Year. While walking to class or the office you hear the dreaded cough and sneeze—that means the rhinovirus or cold virus is here. The flu virus is also spread that way, so please cover your cough or sneeze. An innocent gesture like sharing a drink with a friend can expose students to Mono or any number of contagious viruses. Sharing a bite of pizza or other food can lead to the dreaded Norovirus (nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea). The following tips may seem obvious, but in the long run following these steps will help us all have a better chance for a healthy winter and spring on The Bluff:
- Hand-washing is key—wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially before meals, after using the restroom, coughing or sneezing. Alcohol hand sanitizers are effective when soap and water are not available.
- Limit physical contact—this is the optimal way to prevent viruses from spreading. Stay home if you are sick. Don’t risk spreading your illness to others. You should stay home for at least 24 hours after any fever is gone.
If you feel the odds are against you, practicing prevention now will help reduce your risk of illness. If you have not had a flu shot, make an appointment at the health center today. If you’ve heard that the match between the flu vaccine and some of the flu strains are not perfect, that is correct. However, the CDC is still recommending the flu vaccine as it protects you from three different strains of flu.
If you do catch the flu, you may have a high fever and be ill for a week or longer. The health center supports the CDC recommendation for flu prevention: get vaccinated! Please visit the health center website for suggestions on managing symptoms if you become ill.
The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSWD) would like to remind faculty that there is just over a week between Thanksgiving break and the start of final exam week. Due to this short window of time, the OSWD encourages faculty to request final exam proctoring needs from students before they leave for Thanksgiving break. The OSWD offers faculty the following tips to assist them in preparing for final exams:
- Make multiple announcements of the date and time of your final exam and include a request of students needing exam accommodations for the final exam to contact you directly by a specific date (i.e the Friday before Thanksgiving).
- Send individual e-mail reminders to students with exam accommodations requesting that the student contact you by a specific date to confirm the need for exam accommodations for the final exam.
- Ask the student to confirm which exam accommodations are needed for the final exam. Note: Students who utilize accommodations such as use of a scribe, use of a reader, or use of text-to-speech or speech-to-text software may be referred to the OSWD for proctoring.
- Find a location for the exam. To reserve individual exam seats in FR 123 or locate other possible exam space, faculty should contact their school or departmental administrative assistants.
For assistance with exam proctoring questions, contact Christa Hill at email@example.com. For general accommodation questions, contact Melanie Gangle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your partnership in creating equal access for every member of our community.